At Monroe Park yard sale, student organizations to clean out their closets

Katherine Coates

Contributing writer

Students looking to do some shopping this weekend but without much cash to spare need not despair: the VCU Black Awakening Choir will host a communal yard sale Saturday, Sept. 18 in Monroe Park, from 11am to 3pm.

Students will get the opportunity to search for hidden treasures on the cheap – including, according to event coordinator Kendra Gaines, clothing, shoes, bags/accessories, furniture and donated electronics from older-generation iPods to musical instruments.

To increase the size of the yard sale the choir extended invitations to other VCU student organizations to set up and sell their own items. The money each organization raises will go to benefit their individual organization.

Student groups selling at Monroe Park on Sunday will include Ladies in Faith Together, Muevelo, VCU Swim Club, Young Democrats at VCU, The VCU Tennis Club, Future Educated Brothers and Sisters, and  The Interested Laides of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc.

The Black Awakening Choir – as Gaines put it, “a ministry through song” – has been on the VCU campus for over 40 years, and travels regularly throughout Virginia and the East Coast. They plan to use the money from the yard sale to fund their Fall Praizefest, the choir’s annual showcase – “to show our family and friends what we have been up to,” said Gaines.  Unsold items will be donated to local charities and thrift stores.

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